October 17, 2018

Heart-Deep

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:14 am by Broken & Brave

“The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving to all He has made.”
Psalm 145:13

Good morning to all of you beautiful people. The fact that I cannot actually see your lovely self right now is mere technicality. I know WHO’s you are so I know you possess heart beauty and it’s stunning! Wishing you a gorgeous Day! Take time to practice the habit of BELIEF today. He is a supernatural, extraordinary, splendid God who bestows FAVOR extraordinary on all he has made. He cares about our habits, make the habit of belief one you practice to make perfect…perfectly established in your mind!

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“The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving to all He has made.”
Psalm 145:13

“Plant a word of love “heart-deep” in a persons life. Nurture it with a smile & a prayer and watch what happens!”
-Bob Beaudine

Meditate on this Psalm today. Own it in your heart. Let it warm you over like a soothing massage. Absorb it into your being. Rest in it. Take Comfort from it. God is all things Beautiful and He made you. He dwells about you and would like residence in your heart just like a best friend. He is with you until the end.

~Nicole

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October 15, 2018

Stay Strong

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:50 am by Broken & Brave

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To be physically strong, you must do physically strong things.
To be spiritually strong you must do spiritually strong things.

These are both two different things-
yet, they are connected and can be the same thing.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Eph. 6:11

Never lose your Hope.

Sometimes even when you are trying to do the right thing, wrong things happen. Tis true for everyone. Do not become discouraged in your efforts to do well.

Finish Strong.

The only people who fail are those who quit. So if you don’t quit, you win. Win what? Well, that depends, but the prize is never about “beating someone” unless it’s an athletic event. Winning is about personal growth, discipline, expanding personal potential.

Winners know how to manage their complaints. They understand that negativity will sabotage your own ability to persevere. So, instead of recapping past bad experiences in fear of their reoccurrence, recap your miracles and declare the reoccurrence of the good! God means for you to win! So don’t quit!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3

Finish Strong.

God knew how your life would look all along. He’s got you!

When you are in the world-but not of it-you will feel the pressures all around. Ah, but God, He will give Grace to rise above it. Beautiful.

God causes my heart to marvel every single day.

YOU have the brave heart as that of a lion; the absolute ROAR of the Father ignites in your soul. Rise up Champion! For you, Gods got MORE! Do you believe it? How much is an abundance anyway?

Follow your heart, it has instinct. Take courage, dreams have lofty price tags. Follow your path, it is your own.

Nothing will be impossible for you…
So go ahead and ROAR!

~Nicole

October 14, 2018

Eyes Wide…

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“I could do it with my eyes closed”

Have you ever heard this expression or maybe even said it yourself? It implies a certain level of mastery at any given skill, art or ability. It suggests the activity is so second nature to a person they can do it well without even seeing what they are doing. They feel it. They know it. They own it.

How about trusting God?

Trusting God is a bit like doing something with your eyes shut. You can’t always see what He is up to. You may not understand what he wants you to do. The directions may not be clear. So you try to comply, but maybe it feels a bit like your hands are tied so you’ve just got to trust.

So don’t rush. Don’t force something. Just appreciate the Lord’s timing. He will encourage you through. He will support you. And despite Him being Creator of the Universe and all—He will serve you. He is he is humble and gentle—
Kindness is His mantle.

He’s just awesome like that.

So practice faith today into a well developed art even if you must do it with your eyes shut.

He is a light to your feet and a lamp to your path. He knows the road to go and every curve of that road. Every bump, hill and valley. He can navigate it all.

His eyes are always open and always watching you with faithfulness so true.

~Nicole💗

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

2 Cor. 5:7

October 13, 2018

Redeemed

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:32 am by Broken & Brave

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Prayer of Prose

Lord, Sweet and Precious Savior. Water my Garden. Give me moisture from Heaven—for by your Spirit I am refreshed and Renewed. You are the glue that holds me together. You are the fertilizer that nourishes me to the root. You planted seeds of hope in the deepest parts of me. You lead me and caused me to explore and find the floor of my heart—causing me to discover the depths within.

I am quieted by the noise of your waterfall. Cascade over me. I am a Bloom in your Garden, grafted into your Tree carefully and intentionally.

How grateful I am, Lord, that you picked me. Amen

Some days all we can do is praise and I think that’s just how it’s meant to be. Our hearts whole focus on the One who died for me. He died for you, too.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” John 15:16

October 12, 2018

Try, Try & Try Again!

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:46 am by Broken & Brave

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Perseverance is a necessary precursor to anything great…

Here is a historical example of people to be grateful for their ability to dream big and persevere…Orville and Wilbur Wright, the creators of the first airplane.

When these two brothers were boys their father gave them a toy helicopter made of cork, paper and a rubber band. This was their source of inspiration to become the first men to fly for the first time a free, controlled flight by a power-driven airplane. Did you know that Wilbur didn’t even receive his high school diploma? I challenge you to research all the trials they had in their efforts to develop this plane. It wasn’t easy. They had all kinds of things go wrong. Then, when they did fly, no one believed them and many didn’t even appreciate their achievement. Instead of becoming discouraged and giving up, they persisted without exception and took their invention to Europe in hopes of further success and they found it. Once returning to the US they were wealthy and famous and began filling contracts for airplanes in both the United States and Europe.

Don’t quit. Never fail to believe that God can and is willing to do anything to show up and show off for you. Believe it! Behind every storm the Son is still shining. ⛅️~Nicole

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

October 9, 2018

Seeds of Strength & Beauty

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The purple cone flower is such a unique flower. It has a beauty that rends well to any garden. It has color that creates vibrancy. It has a pleasing aroma but it is also edible. The purple cone flower is the source of the herb echinacea which is used to strengthen the immune system. This little herb packed in a pretty flower can help your body fight colds, allergies, and works like a natural antihistamine. It’s fantastic!

So you can see the flower…
You can smell the flower…
And you can ingest the flower.

God’s creation is marvelous with healing properties.

Just like the flower is the power of God. We can’t see it with our naked eye but we can see the fruit it yields when it touched and heals a life. We can smell the aroma of heaven as He lingers His Peace.

You are a Glorious Bloom in the garden of heaven. You have been hand picked and you contain the power of God’s Spirit in the depths of your soul. You exude beauty on the outside, coupled with a heavenly aroma that causes others to linger in your presence—they desire your company. Yet you also contain a stoic strength, just like the immune building properties of the cone flower—and you strengthen others as they swallow the seed you sow.

The Power of your Beauty is magnetic and captivating. There may be others similar to you in form or feature…they may do things of a similar occupation or life style as you—but there isn’t anyone like you. You are special. You are unique. You are hand picked by your Maker. Just like a single flower in a bouquet singled out for its own special vase.

Rise up today and let’s bring this world some flavor! Heaven looks good on you.

~Nicole

“for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23

October 8, 2018

Sparked & Golden Seeds

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:40 am by Broken & Brave

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We serve a God of No Limits.

Are you blazing new trails or are you following the road of mediocrity? To blaze a new trail is to dare to thrive and be alive with adventure, passion and purpose. To dare to step out into the unknown and explore new territory requires a stoic faith, determination and belief that stirs up from somewhere down deep.

But what if the cost is too high?

That, is part of the thrill and risk, because what if the cost isn’t too high? What if you dare to believe and step out…go…do…achieve and you find yourself successful? What if your success launches an avalanche of success for others as well? It were as though your destiny were crying out to others, go this way, too, and you will be even more successful than I!

Once a new path is paved, then it is made for others to journey on as well, only a little easier and little faster will they progress. With this the volume of those who begin to believe to dare to try increases.

What began with your tiny seed of belief grows from ONE to many. What began with your small inclination of Hope grows from ONE to DUPLICATION. What began with a Spark of Enthusiasm and Positive Belief grows from ONE to build MOMENTUM for yourself and those who choose to put their belief in you and walk as you have walked, tread as you have tread, done as you have done. And so, it has begun…all out massive action breads success for a collective multitude of those who decided to do so much more than just look on…but decided to blaze a new trail where no one else has ever gone. Because you had others who decided to join along, you become unified in heart, mind and spirit. You walk, think, breath a unified message of Hope, Health, Healing, Prosperity, Purpose-giving the hopeless, the unhealthy, the poor in pocket and the poor in spirit a reason to believe again. Together, you find a place of SUSTAINED MOMENTUM. You are in the zone and nothing is going to stop you now.

You see my friend, it is like this, it only takes a spark to kindle a fire. If the fire, like in a fire pit, is a blaze of burning coal and there are many coals all huddled in tight, then the light and heat of the blaze can truly ignite and increase. However, if a piece of coal or wood rolls away or is separated from the collective fire, their fire begins to fizzle and heat is lost. Unity is strongest when we are a collective front, all burning together as ONE flame, to create a fire so hot it sets everything around ablaze.

God is an All Consuming Fire.

God created us to be loved, to receive His love, then to spill it all around like a blazing fire that can warm even the hardest hearts or most broken of souls. It possesses the power to heal the dying, mend the wounded, restore streets that have formerly had no dwellings. Only God…with Him alone is such a unity possible. Only with Him do we receive the courage to press on and explore uncharted territory.

I live in a city that was founded by the grandson of one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Just think, all those years ago there were a group of men and women who banded their hearts in ONE accord and adopted a mindset called “decided”. They decided they wanted more. They had already come so far to explore new territory and create a new world, a new life, creating a dynamic legacy to come. They decided that wasn’t enough…their desire was to inherit their full blessing and experience total and complete liberty. Freedom.

What do you aspire for today? What is it in your heart that burns with the kind of passion that can’t be controlled? Has God perhaps set you on a course of uncharted waters that will require extra courage, faith, hope and a kind of love to equip your heart to get it done? It could be anything, better health, debt freedom, healthy relationships, greater assets, better opportunities for your children than you had for yourself. What is it? Perhaps it drifts through the clutches of your mind right now.

Don’t let it go.

It may only be a spark right now…Don’t be afraid to stoke it. Trust God to contain it as He will guide and direct it, but let it grow.

“When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.” ~John Wesley

I hope a morsel of what I have said will encourage your faith, belief, hope and courage to pursue the God given desires laid up inside of you. After all, what is the alternative but to do nothing. With nothing, nothing wrong can happen and disappointment may be avoided (but not guaranteed). In fact, many of the things you fear happening won’t ever happen at all. It’s an effective method of prevention the Enemy of your soul has been using for years. When nothing is multiplied with nothing, all you get is more of the same.

I once had the opportunity to hear an Olympic gold medalist in men’s downhill skiing share his story of risk down a steep mountain (so steep you couldn’t see anything beyond the tip of the ski) to achieve Olympic history and his life long dream. Many men broke legs on that hillside, Olympic dream shattered. Other men did not proceed down the hill at all, they turned about and tapped out, pulling back from all they had dreamed, dared and prepared for. One such man who failed to try recapped his story to the gold medalist and said this (paraphrased), “I wish I’d stuck it out and tried down that hill. The men who broke bones, their bones healed, but regret never heals.”

No regrets. No limits. Live your life Extraordinary as God ordained you to do. With enough reason and purpose, truly nothing can hold you back but you.

“But my righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38

This is not easy to do, I know, but the reward is truly limitless. God is ever before you to encourage and inspire you to take just one step more, then again, and again.

You are a pioneer.

Stake your claim and raise your flag.

The Banner over you is Love.

October 7, 2018

Honor Is Seed

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:03 am by Broken & Brave

She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, “I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord’s servants.” 1 Samuel 16:41

I’ve been reading about the women in the Bible with some friends. Right now I am studying Abigail in particular. I find her fascinating. Her story occupies a brief span of time in the Word, but it is packed with pivotal truth in action that possibly directed the future of King David. I find her to be a source of God’s Divine intervention practically played out in the life of a King.

Let’s put our feet in Abigail’s shoes for a moment. If you don’t know her story it’s found in 1 Samuel 16. Abigail is said to be both attractive and intelligent. She was a sensible women with a level head. This alone is admirable considering women tend to be emotional so when you find one who can be in touch with her emotion yet in control of her emotion, that’s truly unique.

Abigail was a blessed woman. Blessed by the things I just said and blessed tangibly as her husband was a man of notoriety and success. But the passage also says her husband was unreasonable and difficult. Imagine her home life? She was probably quite accustomed to walking on eggshells. She most likely knew what to say and what not to say to keep peace. She no doubt was a woman of wisdom and was skilled in the art of public relations. After all, look at how she smoothed things over with David despite her husband’s ability to insult a king! But Abigail had a pure and good heart and she did what was right.

Why would a woman like Abigail find herself married to someone like Nabal? I haven’t done extensive study of the culture of the day, but it brings questions to mind. I’m sure Women of her day had little choice or say in who they married. Marriages were arranged. So how could a caring loving God allow Abigail to be united in a union such as this? This is where we could have marvelous discussion!

Here’s one scenario that crosses my mind. God knew Abigail’s character, strengths and ability to connect with people and operate like relationship glue so to speak. He knew this about her. He knew she was gentle yet strong and could handle the adversity this man would bring her life. So God used it to prepare her for her future. Her marriage was her refiners fire. As a result, Abigail actually became even better at public relations and easing tense situations because of all the practice she had had with her husband!

God is always looking at the bigger picture. He makes decisions for your life based on His ultimate purpose for your life. He looks out for you as you walk through difficulties and the most trying of circumstances. But watch and see if it can’t turn into a full bloom garden of goodness for you! Never give up. Don’t quit. God’s got you covered and your destiny will never fail to begin if you just hang in there. God is the best public relations advocate of them all. He can hold it all together for you!

Ladies–questions for reflection:

As a wife, how can you better honor your husband even when you don’t agree with him or find him difficult or demanding? How can your timing of choices and word selections ease your situation? Speaking our mind is not always the timely word that will ease the situation. Learn from Abigail and end your own personal frustration.
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October 6, 2018

Fortified With Love💗

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:03 am by Broken & Brave

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True Love wraps around you like the endless channels of the sea,

Taking one deeper and deeper, entangled

Mysteriously, yet Comforting.

This is what it is to be truly Enamored by My King.

Your life is like a great storybook, each day an new opportunity to write a new page. Make it one that keeps the on looking world sit on the edge of their seat. Keep it simple. Love with genuine affection…

Let me close with the words of one of my favorite worship songs,

“There is a God who loves me, who wraps me in His arms. That is the place where I’m changed and that’s where I belong. Take me to that place Lord, to that secret place where I can be with you. You can make me like you. Wrap me in your arms.”

Prayer: “Wrap me in your arms Lord and I pray, you take the hurting, the broken, the lost, and you wrap them in your overwhelming arms of love, too.”

God has a place and purpose in His Kingdom, just for you.

~Nicole💫

October 4, 2018

Fortify

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 7:10 am by Broken & Brave

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You can’t rush a good thing and God doesn’t manufacture—

He Creates, He Sculpts, He Forages and He Transfigures.

Just as an artist mixes their palate—they know color.
Just as a wine maker is patience with his grapes—He knows flavor.
Just as a Chef creates His cuisine—
He knows aroma.
Just as a builder pay close attention to details and selects the choicest lumber—-He knows stability and longevity.

When it’s been touched by the Masters Hand it leaves a Mark of Grace that cannot be changed.

Hope can only be fortified in Him.

~Nicole

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 18:2

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